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Founded in 1946

The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

When you join the American Psychiatric Association (APA) you also join the local district branch. In Oklahoma it is the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA). All applications for membership and changes in membership status must be approved by both the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Each organization has its own dues structure and benefits. For information regarding dues and to join, contact the American Psychiatric Association at 1-888-35-PSYCH or visit their website at

Membership Categories:

Medical Student Membership is for physicians in training who are enrolled in a school of medicine or a school of osteopathic medicine. Medical student members are dues exempt and belong to the APA at the national level only.

Resident Fellow Membership is for physicians who have been accepted into and are active in an approved psychiatric residency training program. The first year of membership dues are waived by both Oklahoma and the APA. Subsequent Oklahoma membership dues are $25 per year.

General Membership is for practicing psychiatric physicians who have completed acceptable training and who have either a valid license to practice medicine in Oklahoma or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure. Oklahoma membership dues are based on the number of years after completing residency.

Early Career Psychiatrists are General Members who are within their first seven years after completion of training. Dues are reduced for the first six years of General Membership to ease the financial burden of early career psychiatrists.

Fellowship status is an honor that reflects a psychiatrists dedication to the work of the APA and the district branch and signifies allegiance to the psychiatric profession. To apply for Fellowship, the members must be a General Member in good standing and be board certified. Application is made to the APA and is approved by the APA Membership Committee and APA Board of Trustees. Dues rates for Fellows and General Members are the same.

Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, as wall as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor bestowed upon members. Members who are invited to apply for Distinguished Fellowship have at least eight consecutive years as a General Member or Fellow, are board certified and approved by the District Branch. Applications require three letters supporting the nomination and must be received from current Distinguished Fellows or Distinguished Life Fellows.

Life Members and Life Fellows are those members whose years of membership plus age at the start of the fiscal year shall equal 95. Membership dues are pro-rated.

Inactive Members and Inactive Fellows are members who, for sufficient reason, have been excused from paying dues and shall not receive credit toward the number of years of active membership required for Life status.

When you join the APA and the OPPA, you are becoming a member of the LARGEST psychiatric membership organization in the world

With over 38,500 members

In over 100 countries.

APA Board of Trustees members and incoming members share their stories about why they chose psychiatry, how APA has been helpful to them, and why they’re hopeful about the future of psychiatry.

Why become a member? Watch this video!

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